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Poster: unclejohn52 Date: Jul 15, 2013 5:51am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Any particular way to listen to the Dead discography?

This is really a very personal choice, dependent on your interest, stamina and means.

Listening to entire shows is truly the best way to experience the GD. But others will attest - that listening to an entire year or period of shows in order can really test your mettle. Listening in order has never worked for me. My personal recommendation is to pursue the alleyways of your interest - pick and choose from various eras for a while, or listen for differences in a favorite piece from various shows and eras (similar to the recent China/Rider discussion, evolution etc). Just gotta poke around! This will help maintain your interest and lead to other alleyways. Also, if you haven't listened to anything from a particular year or era, plunge into a few shows just to test the water. You'll find hidden gems all through the 80s, and some would argue that 92 was a good year, for example.

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Poster: ~Decolores to you~ Date: Jul 15, 2013 8:19am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Any particular way to listen to the Dead discography?

Start here at the Archive - You can just start from the beginning! Sort by concert date, taste the early sounds, listen to a show and see where you go!

Another option, I also like to do a "this day in history" show. See where they were playing on the day you can listen.

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Poster: php111 Date: Jul 15, 2013 6:40am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Any particular way to listen to the Dead discography?

Alright, I see. So it's not and won't be a good recommendation to listen to DP vol 1-36, then all of Road Trips, and then Dave's Picks? If not, then I'm not sure exactly what era to listen, what show and/or album.

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Poster: snoori Date: Jul 15, 2013 12:13pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Any particular way to listen to the Dead discography?

I've taken a DP to work every day for the last two weeks and listened to them in the order they were released. As someone who listens to the Dead a lot, I think it's a useful exercise for two reasons. Firstly it bestirs me from my comfort zones ('69, '72, etc. etc.)and makes me check out a different period from timr to time. And secondly (as I reminded myself) I didn't buy them to collect and look at.

I would recommend you try working through them and when you find shows you like come back to the Archive and stream some others from the same period.

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Poster: kodiak1221 Date: Jul 15, 2013 12:30pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Any particular way to listen to the Dead discography?

I think starting in 1977 and working backward is also a nice way. To me that's Terrapin and that era is their zenith, Jerry's guitar tone and style was perfection!

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Jul 17, 2013 5:42pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Any particular way to listen to the Dead discography?

As far as really getting it, it was Live Dead and Skull and Roses ( especially Skull and Roses to be honest ) that turned me on to what made the Dead so special. From there it was a matter of getting any live show I could get my hands on which at that time there were no Dicks Picks, only Live Dead,Skull and Roses, E72,SYF, and Dead Set and Reckoning as far as live albums. And the tapes you'd get were hit or miss on the quality, often times high gen hissy tapes but I treasured each one. For me I was lucky enough to meet a cool cat who had a ton of great tapes from the entire spectrum who lent me his stash to record. Personally unlike a lot of people I like variety and I can find something great in every era, I'd really get burned out if I only listened to one year or era. That said I still consider 71-77 to be the pinnacle and peak of the band.

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Poster: unclejohn52 Date: Jul 15, 2013 7:23am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Any particular way to listen to the Dead discography?

Point of information: None of these series are in particular order - they are hand-selected by Dick, Dave, Rhino et al. Some of them are the absolute cream, and some are ordinary.

What has been your listening experience so far? what has really jazzed you? what made you "get on the bus"? This is your point of entry, so to speak, and you can measure other listening experience based on that point. It's not my intent to direct you to only one era. If you've perused this site at all, you know that there are proponents of most eras and a wide variety of shows. Put it this way: I know what I like to listen to, but the path for you is for your steps alone.

And, since I do recommend entire shows, I'd also recommend the major commercial releases. No Deadhead can be without American Beauty, WD, Live/Dead, and others.

edit - just FYI: http://deaddisc.com/GDFD_Grateful_Dead.htm

This post was modified by unclejohn52 on 2013-07-15 14:23:01

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Poster: php111 Date: Jul 15, 2013 7:24am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Any particular way to listen to the Dead discography?

If they are not in order then what order would you recommend to listen based on this discography? http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grateful_Dead_discography